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Vehicle Refinishing & Repair Technology

10-405-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

This degree prepares you for work in refinishing and repairing many types of vehicles, including emergency vehicles and fire apparatus, as well as work in the aviation and transportation industries. Your hands-on training will give you the skills you need to remove, repair and replace damaged sheet metal, plastic and composite parts. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the unique characteristics of the various material types, and will learn all about color and topcoat application techniques. You’ll also learn how to estimate project costs and how to deal professionally with customers. The addition of math, communication and social science courses provides you with a well-rounded education to help advance your career.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (48 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Automotive Refinishing
10-405-181
2
Provides the learner with safety considerations and environmental regulations and how they apply to surface coating application. Emphasis is on personal protection, types of equipment operation and maintenance, and spray gun set-up and transfer efficiencies. Learners are also introduced to buffing and polishing in this course.
Collision Repair Welding 1
10-405-144
2
Provides instruction in welding safety; introduction to the GMAW (MIG) welding process and equipment; and skills training in GMAW (MIG) welding on light gauge automotive steels in the flat, vertical and overhead positions. Students apply safe welding standards to a variety of industry applications on metals in a lab setting.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181) OR Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Welding 2
10-405-146
2
Provides instruction and skills training in oxy acetylene and plasma arc cutting, GMAW (MIG) welding on structural grade automotive steels in the flat, vertical and overhead positions. Students apply safe welding standards to a variety of industrial applications on metals in a lab setting. Squeeze type resistance spot welding (STRSW), welding aluminum and silicone bronze is also introduced to students in this course.
Prerequisite: Collision Repair Welding 1 (10-405-144)
Collision Repair Non Struct 1
10-405-182
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and process of removal, replacement and storage of interior and exterior trim, disarming/arming restraint systems and adjustment to moveable glass, lamps bumpers and moveable tops.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Non Struct 2
10-405-183
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills required to identify different types of vehicle construction, develop a repair plan, align bolted and moveable exterior panels while utilizing appropriate tools.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Non Struct 3
10-405-184
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of sheet metal characteristics, repair sequences, and the processes for straightening while maintaining corrosion.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Non Struct 4
10-405-185
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to utilize a damage report for the removal and application of sealers, undercoats, corrosion protection and various types of foams. Additionally, students will determine repair/replace choices, perform panel bonding and welding, and perform aluminum panel repair procedures.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Refinishing Surface Preparation
10-405-187
2
Teaches students to prepare surfaces to be refinished by utilizing cleaning, sanding, and masking techniques, while protecting non-refinish areas of the vehicle from overspray and component damage. Learners also develop existing finish defect and substrate assessment along with primer product choices.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Refinish and Topcoat Application
10-405-188
3
Covers locating and mixing automotive color formulas and procedures for applying automotive finishes, including spray gun operation and technique. Blending is also introduced in this course.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Refinishing, Tinting, & Blending
10-405-189
2
Covers procedures for applying automotive finishes, including advanced spray gun setup considerations and techniques and blending additives. Also included is an in-depth study and application of color movement, along with color assessment tools.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Refinishing-Advanced
10-405-190
3
Covers the application and blending of automotive multi-stage finishes, the use of waterborne refinishing materials, and improving efficiency during the refinishing process. Refinishing defect identification, diagnosis and repair is also covered, with emphasis on learning how to avoid defects while refinishing. Preparing a vehicle for customer pickup, including proper vehicle detailing, interior cleaning, engine compartment cleaning, exterior cleaning, polishing, and application of decals, stripes, and graphics, is also covered.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Plastics and Composites
10-405-186
1
Explains that the use of plastics is commonplace on vehicle construction. Plastics are commonly damaged during a collision, and repairs to the plastic may be required. This course provides the learner with the knowledge, processes, and skills required to identify the type of plastic, the possible repair options, the repair techniques, and the refinishing options and techniques for various types of plastics.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Intro to Collision Repair
10-405-180
2
Focuses on developing the skills in professionalism, safety, and the use of basic hand and power tools and equipment in accordance with industry-accepted standards. Students are introduced to collision repair industry terms and definitions, as well as identifying and using collision repair information and procedures.
Collision Repair Mech - HVAC
10-405-120
2
Provides the learner with the knowledge to locate, identify, inspect, test, and repair or replace both heating and cooling system components. Students also diagnose both heating and cooling systems for leaks, belt and pulley alignment, and safely identify, label, store, evacuate, recharge, replace, and recycle coolants and refrigerants in accordance with EPA regulations.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Structural 1
10-405-191
3
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to perform inspections of automotive structural components and determine the extent of damage.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Estimating
10-405-194
1
Provides the opportunity for the learner to develop skills in auto body construction, model identification, damage analysis, parts sources, handwritten damage reports and computerized damage reports and shop management.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Industry Trends Vehicle Repair
10-405-119
1
Familiarizes students with the auto collision repair industry. Students complete written and oral reports based on information obtained from trade publications, manuals and technical newsletters.
Prerequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180) OR Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Electrical & Electronic Systems 1
10-602-125
2
Focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems. Learners apply Ohm's Law to basic electrical circuit diagnosis.
Prereq: Bennett Mech Assess score >=27% or 10806175 Science Princ or active in Auto Collision; ACCPL Read >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Prg Prep; Coreq: Auto Service Fund 10602107 or Intro to Auto Refinishing 10405181 or Intro to Collision Repair 10405180
Collision Repair Electric Sys-SRS
10-405-128
1
Explains that today's vehicles use multiple safety features to provide occupant protection during a collision. This course introduces learners to restraint and supplemental restraint systems operation, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Structural 2
10-405-192
3
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to utilize anchoring and pulling equipment for straightening, realigning, replacing and sectioning unibody structural components, sections and other vehicle outer panels. Additionally, students will utilize power and hand tools for cutting, welding, stress relieving and replacing corrosion protection.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Structural 3
10-405-193
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to utilize anchoring and pulling equipment for straightening, realigning, replacing and sectioning frame structural components. Additionally, students will utilize power and hand tools for cutting, welding, stress relieving, replacing fixed glass and corrosion protection.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision-Drive Systems
10-405-122
2
Provides the learner with the knowledge to locate, identify, inspect, diagnose, and repair or replace collision damaged brake system, drive train, fuel, and emission system components.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Steering & Suspension Systems
10-602-124
3
Focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment procedures.
Prereq: Bennett Mech Assess score >=27% or 10806175 Science Princ or active in Auto Collision; ACCPL Read >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Prg Prep; Coreq: Auto Service Fund 10602107 or Intro to Auto Refinishing 10405181 or Intro to Collision Repair 10405180
Collision Repair Customer Relations
10-405-195
1
Focuses on developing skills in professionalism, customer relations and service, and provides an overview of what collision repair businesses and insurance companies will expect from their employees in regards to customer retention. Students are introduced to phone answering skills, interpersonal communication skills, and preparing and presenting damage reports to the customer. Topics also covered include parts ordering and vehicle scheduling, dealing with customer complaints and problem-solving.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-166
3
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Contemporary Amer Society
10-809-197
3
Analyzes public policy issues relating to government, media, education, family and the workplace. This course also looks at the impact of global, multicultural and technological trends on American life and explores these issues by using critical thinking skills, advocating points of view, and participating in political processes.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
College Technical Math 1A
10-804-113
3
Included topics are solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. Successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B is the equivalent of College Technical Math 1.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.

Suggested Electives (1 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Employability Strategies
10-890-103
1
Designed to ease the student's transition from school to the world of work. The strategies of getting a job and the interpersonal skills needed in keeping it are emphasized. Topics include the job search, employment correspondence, application for employment and job interviewing. These topics are enhanced by mock interviews, individualized job search planning and employment advising, and presentations from human resource personnel.
Science Principles for Transportation
10-806-175
3
Introduces the physics principles involved with technical measurement, force application, fluid properties, heat and electricity. Emphasizes problem-solving skills, teamwork and the application of scientific principles in the transportation industry.
Corequisite: Math for the Trades (31-8043-07) or College Technical Math 1/1A (10-804-115 / 113) or College Mathematics (10-804-107) or consent of instructor
Internship-Vehicle Repair
10-405-124
1
Provides students with work experience on vehicles in area shops. This internship is available between the first and second year of the program.

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